Insanely tender, fall-apart beef, carrots and peas smothered in rich gravy made with Jameson whiskey and Guinness beer. This stew packs incredible flavor and is served over creamy garlic mashed potatoes, making it the ultimate comfort food. Slow cooked in the crockpot, it’s easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd on St. Patrick’s Day!
It’s almost the freakin’ weekend! That also means it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! And, you know what goes perfectly with St. Patrick’s Day? Slow Cooker Jameson Beef Stew. Ugh, it’s so good. The best comfort food to fill your stomach and prepare you for a night of drinking. Who’s with me?
The beer and whiskey are what makes this stew so great. They give it a much richer flavor than you would get with just beef or chicken broth. But, you can’t just use any beer; it definitely has to be Guinness. It’s deep color and smooth texture is the key to delicious stew.
When cooking with alcohol, keep in mind that after it simmers all day, all of the actual alcohol will have cooked out, but it still leaves behind incredible flavor.
I feel like stew is just one of those things that everyone (well most everyone) loves, and for good reason. Who can pass up spoon tender beef bathing in gravy? Not this girl. And I really do mean spoon tender.
Even better, it’s simple to make. But, it does require some legwork before it goes into the crockpot – nothing excess though.
It takes less than 20 minutes to trim the fat off the beef and cube it, chop your carrots, celery, and onion, and make the roux – which is how you get that thicker gravy texture. I use ⅓ cup of flour in my recipe to thicken the stew, but you’re welcome to use more if it’s not thick enough to your liking. I’ve explained this in the recipe below, but for reference, I wouldn’t add any more than 3 additional tablespoons.
After everything is in the crockpot, it’s hands off until about 30 minutes before serving. That’s when it’s time to add the peas to the stew, remove the bay leaves, and make the delicious garlic mashed potatoes.
Stew can be made with cubed potatoes added right in or served with mashed potatoes. I like both, but I really liked the idea of garlic mashed potatoes for this recipe. They add another layer of flavor, more texture, and an extra heartiness.
Who’s got big plans for St. Patrick’s Day?? Let me in on what you’re up to in the comments! And, I sure hope your plans include this Slow Cooker Jameson Beef Stew and my Ginger Whiskey Mojitos! You do NOT want to miss out this amazing cocktail! I promise you. We’re talking only four ingredients. I have directions for making single drinks or a whole pitcher – which might be the way to go 🙂
I won’t be doing a whole lot of celebrating because I’ll be out in Wisconsin for my brother and sister-in-law’s gender reveal party. But, I had my fair share of fun this past weekend.
Two of my brothers and I went out to Door County, WI for the weekend for an Organic Valley Generation-Organic (Gen-O) event.
Since October 1994, my family has sold their milk to Organic Valley, and we have always been active members. The Gen-O events are specifically for young farmers to learn more about organics, how other people farm, and to connect with fellow farmers.
The event was a blast, to say the least. We toured 3 farms, made new farmer friends, and explored Lake Michigan. We definitely want to make a trip back up there this summer to go salmon fishing!
P.S. Lake Michigan is beautiful even in the winter.
Anyways, cheers, friends! Hope you all have a fun weekend!
More of my favorite soup recipes:
- Chicken and Dumplings Soup from Scratch
- Five Pepper Beer Chili
- Creamy Smoked Ham and Bean Soup
And, don’t forget to serve your stew with my favorite Ginger Whiskey Mojitos 🙂
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